Reimagining the Liberal Arts:
Celebrate, Rededicate, Anticipate
About Bobby Fong, Ph.D.
Dr. Bobby Fong became President of Ursinus College on July 1, 2011. The son of Chinese immigrants, he grew up in Chinatown in Oakland, California. A scholarship allowed him to attend Harvard University, where he graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in English and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.
Dr. Fong earned a doctorate in English Literature from the University of California-Los Angeles in 1978; his dissertation research formed the basis for his lifelong scholarship on the works of Oscar Wilde. His academic career began at Berea College in Kentucky. He later served as Dean of Arts and Humanities and Professor of English at Hope College in Michigan. In 1995 he became Dean of the Faculty and Professor of English at Hamilton College in New York.
From 2001-2011 Dr. Fong served as President of Butler University, Indianapolis, Indiana. His tenure was marked by successful financial management, fundraising, and strategic planning, as well as a new core curriculum. For his support of the student life program at Butler, he received the President’s Award from the national organization, Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, in 2011. He also is the recipient of the national OCA Pioneer Award to honor Asian Pacific Americans.
Dr. Fong was recently elected as Board Chair of the Association of American Colleges and Universities and serves on the Council for Higher Education Accreditation, the American Council for Education’s National Task Force on Institutional Accreditation, and the Lingnan Foundation Board.